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Anna May Wong was baaarely mentioned, and not once did Josephine Baker’s name even grace the pages. The inflection, the pacing, the tone, some of her pronunciations, and some of the voices she employed just didn’t work.

Refresh and try again. Flapper is a dazzling look at the women who heralded a radical change in American culture and launched the first truly modern decade.

Read it Forward Read it first. In Victorian days a lot of the book compares the flappers to the Victorians men jpshua women lived their lives largely segregated.

Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern

There was literally no way for you to do a man’s work, because your clothes wouldn’t let you. It improved as it progressed, mainly because the first section was practically a biography of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. I finally finished trudging my way through this book club read. Other editions – View all Flapper: Here is falpper personalized, enthralling history that is nonetheless formidable in its sweep.


This is were the book rises to its peak, although it’s more a hill than a mountain. The central figure for this part is Coleen Moore who was the first to star as a flapper in a successful movie. I was looking for some jpshua insights than this book gave me. I’m used to the idea of the corset as a massively constricting thing and symbolic of oppression etc etc, but the way that Zeitz laid it out made me appreciate for the first time the scale of the oppression visited on middle- and upper-class Victorian women by their clothes.

Her life was wild and so much more influential than I realized. Joshua Zeitz does a wonderful portrayal of people both famous and non famous who lived in the “Roaring 20s”. There is no overall narrative, but Zeitz keeps using the Fitzgeralds as the central figures to symbolize the period.

For the Hollywood flappers, it wasn’t so much that the talkies killed them, more likely, the s killed the public’s taste for actresses typecast as flappers.

Style, celebrity, journalism, fashion, consumerism, foapper, and most especially, attitudes all underwent radical changes in a very short span of time. This book wasn’t especially on my radar except a coworker brought it for me to read because I had previously brought her Weird Like Us: And of all three of these historical books, “Flapper” is by FAR the best.

Feb 06, Pages Buy. Flappers bucked that system and were the female rebels of their time. Although a little late to the party, movies amplified the image with Clara Bow and Louise Brooks. This book had too much information on Zelda and F.


Jan 06, Ally rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a pretty good book, but many times it feels like a research paper run amuck. Most discussion of radical twentieth century fashions seems somehow to focus on hemlines, but a million times more important than the zritz that these clothes showed your calves is the fact that you seitz move in them.

We are experiencing technical foapper. Zeitz did a perfectly fine at both delving beneath the surface as much as possible, but really the “era” was a gossip magazine come to life; and that’s how Zeitz’s book came across as well.

Scott Fitzgerald, and the role of technology and media in shaping how women viewed themselves as objects, all of which were themes that defined the 20’s.

And recommend it to you book club, too. Paperbackpages.

Flapper — Joshua Zeitz

Flapper is a really interesting book that reads a little like a textbook, but a textbook about celebrities, feminism, identity, capitalism, and history. These were not pioneers of joshuua but very confused women. I love the roaring 2 I have been really into reading historical non-fiction books as of late.